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Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
6230 imageBell's Asia Minor Steamship Co 1868: 1 pi. black on green glazed paper, a used example with good margins all round, cancelled by part "BELL'S / ASIA MINOR / STEAMSHIP Co. / SMYRNA AGENCY" handstamp struck in blue. The stamp thinned in places but of outstandingly fine appearance for this much rarer value with under 10 examples recorded in used condition Mi = € 7'500. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 2,500.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6231 imageBell's Asia Minor Steamship Co 1868: 2 pi. black on green glazed paper, a used example with good margins all round, cancelled by part "BELL'S / ASIA MINOR / STEAMSHIP Co. / SMYRNA AGENCY" handstamp clearly struck in blue. The stamp thinned and with wrinkled crease, nevertheless rare with under 20 examples recorded in used condition Mi = € 5'000.rnProvenance: Collection Gordon Torrey, Corinphila sale 99, June 1997, lot 9635. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 500.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6232 imageBell's Asia Minor Steamship Co 1868: 2 pi. black on green glazed paper, a used example with good margins all round, cancelled by extremely rare negative seal / circular signet "JOLY" handstamp in blue. A couple of negligible corner creases not affecting the appearance, just three, perhaps four examples are recorded with this rare cancellation. Signed Calves. Cert RPSL (1988) Mi = € 5'000.rnProvenance: Collection Otto Hornung; Corinphila sale 118, Oct 1999, lot 6434. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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Currently...CHF 1,200.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
Austrian Levant
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
6233 imageBell's Asia Minor Steamship Co 1867/74: Austrian Levant 15 s. brown used on 1871 cover to Trieste tied by SMIRNE thimble datestamp (20/5) struck in black. Superb strike of rare four line "BELL'S / ASIA MINOR / STEAMSHIP Co. / SMYRNA AGENCY" handstamp in blue at right. Rare and most attractive cover. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 500.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6234 imageBell's Asia Minor Steamship Co 1867/74: Austrian Levant 10 s. blue used on 1877 entire letter from SYMI to Trieste tied in transit by three line SMIRNE circular datestamp (8/6) in black alongside three line "THE ASIA MINOR / SCREW STEAMSHIP CIE / SYMI AGENCY" handstamp in blue. Reverse with Triest arrival (14/6) in black. Rare.rnProvenance: Collection 'Monte Napoleon', Corinphila sale 78, Sept 1988, lot 852. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 350.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
Turkey
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
6235 imageBell's Asia Minor Steamship Co 1878 (May 7): Cover from Adalia to Chios struck with three line "THE ASIA MINOR / SCREW STEAMSHIP Co. / ADALIA AGENCY" handstamp, the sole recorded example in green ink. The Adalia Line only opened in 1871. The cover, docketed as received on May 11, with weak flaps but an extraordinarily rare usage, the Jan Berg collection contains the other example recorded (also to Chios) but struck in blue.rnProvenance: Collection Julius Steindler, RL, Basel, 14 March 1972, lot 511; ‘Classic Turkey', RL, Basel, 8 March 1977, lot 416 (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 750.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
Austrian Levant
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
6236 imageBell's Asia Minor Steamship Co 1872: Fascinating form, written in purple ink and headed Bell's Asia Minor Agency of Syra, being a receipt written out in English "for freight of one Turkish passenger to Cos" at a charge of One Megidie and a half, signed and dated April 17/29 1872 with blurred "SYRA / BELL'S / ASIA MINOR / S S Co / AGENCY" cachet in blue; together with a small piece bearing a Turkish Fiscal tied by circular BELL'S ASIA MINOR STEAMSHIP COMPANY / ALEXANDRETTA AGENCY cachet in violet. (Image 1)

Currently...CHF 120.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6237 imageBell's Asia Minor Steamship Co 1867/74: Austrian Levant 10 s. blue used on 1881 entire letter from Symi to Trieste, the adhesive well tied by SMIRNE cds in transit; the reverse with rare oval "SYMI / BELL'S / ASIA MINOR / S S Co / AGENCY" cachet in blue-green and Triest arrival cds (10/3) in black. Small flap tear upon opening but extremely rare. (Image 1)

Currently...CHF 400.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
Turkey
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
6238 imageBell's Asia Minor Steamship Co 1884: Turkey 20 pa. red on rose, a single example used on 13 April 1886 cover from Aivali to Chios via Smyrna tied by fair strike of oval framed "BELL'S ASIA MINOR S.S. / AIVALI / AGENCY" handstamp in blue. Reverse with Smyrne transit cds (18/4) in black, the cover with minor edge wear of no significance and with full original contents. Rare and possibly unique.rnProvenance: Collection Gordon Torrey, Corinphila sale 99, June 1997, lot 9639. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 750.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6239 imageDanube & Black Sea Line Steamers (T.B. Morton & Co.) 1869 (June): Circular seal design, the collection with Imperforate Proof in blue on white paper with embossing (mirrored ARBII lettering) and a further example in blue on blue paper; thereafter with the issued stamps printed in either red or blue on a range of coloured papers: white, red, blue and yellow; together with the second issue with a Ship added above FRANCO, similarly complete and a range of Forgeries with 'Morton' spelt 'Monton'. Scarce group (27 items).rnrn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 250.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6240 imageT.B. Morton & Co. / Danube & Black Sea Line Steamers 1870 (Oct): Proofs (2) of the third issue, ½ piastre printed in deep emerald green on stout wove paper, imperforate with horizontal guide line from base of sheet, and 1 piastre value printed in black (eventually issued in red). Minor thins and a wrinkle or two but extremely rare and most unusual.rnNote: The Company may have envisioned an expansion in both services and profits after taking over the French line, thus the two early handstamped issues were replaced by stamps printed in sheets of 50 (5 x 10) and perforated. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 250.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6241 imageT.B. Morton & Co. / Danube & Black Sea Line Steamers 1870 (Oct): 3rd issue, 1 pi. red, perf½, a used vertical pair showing double perforation variety horizontally, neatly cancelled by two strikes of the 'PD' diamond grill in red. Rare and most unusual Mi = € 400+.rnProvenance: Collection 'Antoine', Corinphila sale 85, Oct 1992, ex lot 3591. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 150.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6242 imageT.B. Morton & Co. / Danube & Black Sea Line Steamers 1870 (Oct): 3rd issue, 2 pi. second printing in grey-blue, an unused block of four on white wove paper, perf. 12½, an unused block of four from the lower left corner of the sheet (positions 41-42/46-47), imperforate at left and at base with vertical and horizontal outer framelines, large part og. A rare positional multiple Mi = € 600+. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 200.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6243 imageT.B. Morton & Co. / Danube & Black Sea Line Steamers 1870 (Oct): 3rd issue, the unused and used selection with ½ pi. green used with 'PD' in diamond grill (one shows a Plate Flaw between 'L.S' in 'D & B.S.L.S' and is in a darker shade), 1 pi. red used (2), one cancelled PD and the other in manuscript and 2 pi. first printing in deep blue with an unused example from left of sheet, used examples (2), one with PD in red and the other on small piece cancelled in manuscript with pen cross. A rare and generally fine group Mi = € 1'750. (Image 1)

Currently...CHF 350.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6244 imageT.B. Morton & Co. / Danube & Black Sea Line Steamers 1870: 1 pi. red, perf. 12½, used on small piece with 1872 surcharged LETTER in red on Journal 10 pa. black & red on grey-blue, tied to small piece by PD in diamond grill in red. An extremely rare and very fine piece Mi = € 400+. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 250.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6245 imageT.B. Morton & Co / Danube & Black Sea Line Steamers 1870/72: Journal Stamp 10 pa. black & red on white, perf. 12½, a soiled unused example, a fine used example with part PD in diamond grill handstamp in red and a superb used example, similarly cancelled, imperforate on all sides; a scarce group Mi = € 360. (Image 1)

Currently...CHF 75.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6246 imageT.B. Morton & Co. / Danube & Black Sea Line Steamers 1870 (Oct): 3rd issue, 1 pi. red and 1872 6th issue 10 pa. black & red on blued, imperforate and showing portion of adjoining stamp at top, used on February 29, 1872 entire letter from Constantinople to Galatz, Romania each tied by PD in diamond grill in red. The cover marked "Franco" in manuscript underneath the 10 para, the 1 pi. with slight surface scuff mentioned only for full accuracy and not affecting the dramatic appearance of this famous and extremely rare entire. Illustrated in Ringström & Tester 'Private Ship Letter Stamps of the World' on page 109. Signed Calves. Cert. Holcombe (1992).rnProvenance: Collection Julius Steindler, RL, Basel, 14 March 1972, lot 502; Collection 'Antoine', Corinphila sale 85, Oct 1992, lot 3594.rnNote: The Letter rate was 2 piastres until 1872 when the rate was reduced to 1¼ piastres to reflect the French companies Black Sea rate. rnrnrnrn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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Currently...CHF 5,000.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
Danish West Indies
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
6247 imageRoyal Mail Steam Packet Co 1875: Die Proof for the 10 c. value on thick white card paper hand-painted in brown, pale blue and Chinese white, imperforate and attached to piece from the De La Rue Day Book, showing differences to the finished design: the flag being larger, the flagstaff not touching the circle at base and the vignette being on a solid background. There is a sheet marginal example of the finished stamp above and manuscript notation "Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. Postage March 1875. 30 Set. If other duties are required we must make an overprint + cut away 10 Cents from the forme". Illustrated in 'The Private Ship Letter Stamps of the World' by Ringström & Tester on page 129 and in Robson Lowe Encyclopaedia, Volume VI on page 261. Minor imperfections to the Essay but wonderful and entirely unique. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 2,000.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6248 imageRoyal Mail Steam Packet Co 1875: Die Proof for the 10 c. value printed in black on glazed cut-down white card, affixed to piece of the De La Rue Day Book with manuscript date "Feb 20th" in black ink and endorsed as supplied in red ink "March 24th" diagonally. Slight rubbing but a splendid and unique Proof. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 750.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM
6249 imageRoyal Mail Steam Packet Co 1875 (March): Die Proof for the 10 c. value in black on glazed white card, dated 'Feb. 18 1875' and endorsed BEFORE HARDENING in black. Rare and very fine.rnProvenance: George Alevizos, Marina del Ray, 17 Dec 1985, lot 257 (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 350.00
Closing..Jan-27, 11:59 PM

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